Geoff in the Middle
GEOFF Eltringham will be the man in charge for Argyle’s crucial clash against Carlisle United on Saturday.
Geoff has been a referee in the Football League for six years and has so far taken charge of three Argyle matches in that time - all very memorable games.
His first Argyle match in the middle was a 3-1 win at Milton Keynes in which Onismor Bhasera, Kari Arnason and Chris Clark all scored cracking goals, and no cards were shown to Argyle players. Geoff was also the referee when Argyle met Shrewsbury Town on the opening day of the 2011-12 season - our first back in League 2 - and the game at Rochdale on the final day of the 2012-13 season, which was very nearly our last.
At Shrewsbury, we drew 1-1 thanks to a a late Carl Fletcher equaliser, with Ben Gibson the only Pilgrim cautioned. When we played Rochdale, in April 2013, Maxime Blanchard was sent off after 15 minutes and we lost 1-0, but results elsewhere meant we retained our Football League status.
So far this season, Geoff has taken charge of 32 games; brandishing a total of 82 yellow cards and 7 reds.